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1 Remembering Noel Pointer on Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:56 am



http://www.nytimes.com/1994/12/24/obituaries/noel-pointer-39-classical-violinist-turned-jazz-artist.html

Those two first releases of his
had a profound influence on me.

Grusin produced and Steve was
on the drums. The incredible
groove was both jack-hammer
and spine-tingling technical.

For me: unforgettable.

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2 Re: Remembering Noel Pointer on Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:43 am

Beautiful tune. And an African American
playing the jazz violin.... How rare is that?

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3 Re: Remembering Noel Pointer on Sat Jun 13, 2015 2:05 am

D. Slam wrote:Beautiful tune.  And an African American
playing the jazz violin....  How rare is that?
Ever heard of Stuff Smith, Eddie South, Billy Bang, Henry Grimes, Michael White, Howard Armstrong, Don sugarcane Harris, Leroy Jenkins, Gatemouth Brown, Ornette Coleman, Karen Briggs, Regina Carter? African Americans actually invented jazz violin ; )
Beautiful music, love Noel's sound. Awesome! Inspiring!

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4 Re: Remembering Noel Pointer on Sat Jun 13, 2015 6:52 am

I loved Earl Klugh on that
track, too.  These two were
made for each other.

The Grusin-Rosen partnership
spawned real fruit.

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5 Re: Remembering Noel Pointer on Sat Jun 13, 2015 6:55 am



This another very fave from this
incredible debut.

I really miss those lush strings we
would hear from time to time that
were scored for this generation
of innovators.

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6 Re: Remembering Noel Pointer on Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:02 am



From his second release: "Hold On".

A delight.

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7 Re: Remembering Noel Pointer on Sat Jun 13, 2015 12:37 pm

Kenny,

I thought Ornette Coleman played sax.
Did he play violin as well?

Howard Armstrong played the fiddle,
mandolin and guitar.  Not sure how
involved he was in jazz with that.

Some of the others I have to do
what you just did and look them
up on the internet.  Wink

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8 Re: Remembering Noel Pointer on Sat Jun 13, 2015 3:21 pm

You know the difference between the Violin and the fiddle? The violin has strings while the fiddle has strangs! Although many people believe the violin is a much smaller instrument but it's actually that so called violinist often just gave really BIG heads! I think sweet Georgia Brown qualifies as jazz. I have had the pleasure of witnessing the old time stlylings of Armstrong as well as Gatemouth Brown and sugarcane Harris. I think the latter are more in the blues realm. But then you can't have jazz without the blues. But when you think of the greatest jazz violinist today no one comes close to Regina Carter! Jean luc Ponty said he styled his jazz playing after Stuff Smith when he was accused of being a protege of Stephane Grappelli. I did research it a bit. Seems like Joe Venuti was also at the forefront. And maybe Stephane Grappelli refined it in terms of tone and technique. But Regina Carter could blow the doors off anyone of those guys in a heartbeat. she is that good! But ethnicity or gender doesn't matter to me. Musically, That woman is like a force of nature. Scary!

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9 Re: Remembering Noel Pointer on Sat Jun 13, 2015 11:28 pm

Karen Briggs and Grapelli are the only names I recognized. I have a CD with Grapelli on it, playing as a guest with another band, also with violin as lead. I can't remember the name. Fun music. Briggs I know from Yanni's band.

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10 Re: Remembering Noel Pointer on Sat Jun 13, 2015 11:31 pm

I never heard of Pointer. How did I miss him? Wow, I would guess I was listening to Ponty's band with that first track.

I need to get some of his recordings, man. This is like listening to undiscovered Ponty tracks. Way cool.

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11 Re: Remembering Noel Pointer on Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:49 am

I came upon, way back when,
because of following Gadd.

Grusin used Gadd on his early
jazz releases and then on the
sessions produced for other
artists on Rosen-Grusin label.

It was a time when we used to
buy records because of the
artists on them and not nec-
essarily the artist highlighted.

What a time for music!

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12 Re: Remembering Noel Pointer on Sun Jun 14, 2015 10:44 am

I started a Noel Pointer channel on Pandora. They class him with stuff that I would not call fusion. More like R&B or smooth jazz-type stuff. The Kenny G gig. Not my thing but, I like Pointer's stuff a lot.

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13 Re: Remembering Noel Pointer on Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:51 pm

Those two first releases of his
had a profound influence on me.
Pete
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Back when we all were doing Conundrum bytes, I could hear a lot of Steve G. in your playing and I admired that.
A wonderful piece of music no doubt. Takes me into the nostalgic times when music had real substance and meaning.

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